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Where did the English Cody family come from? What is the English Cody family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cody family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cody family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Archdeacon, Archdekin, Archdekyne, Arcedeckne, Archdecon, Archdicken, Ercadkne, Erchdeacon, Erchdekine, Archdeakin, Erdeacon, Cody, Codie and many more.

First found in the counties of Cornwall and Devon where they settled soon after the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D. In Norman, the family name was Archidiacne, which seriously questions the popular concept that the family name is derived from the office of Archdeacon.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cody research. Another 219 words(16 lines of text) covering the year 1300 is included under the topic Early Cody History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Cody Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Cody family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 121 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cody Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Cody settled in Virginia in 1651
  • Tho Cody, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • William Cody settled in Maryland in 1670

Cody Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • William Cody settled in Maryland in 1711

Cody Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Anne Cody arrived in New York in 1822
  • Anne Cody, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • Morris Cody, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1827
  • James Cody, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1837
  • Nicholas Cody, aged 30, arrived in Missouri in 1840


Cody Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Margaret Cody, who arrived in Alabama in 1924
  • George Cody, who landed in Alabama in 1927
  • George Cody landed in Alabama in 1927

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  • Bill Cody Jr. (1925-1989), American motion picture child actor
  • General Richard A Cody (b. 1950), retired United States Army officer who served as the 31st Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army from June 24, 2004 to July 31, 2008
  • William Frederick Cody (1846-1917), American showman known as Buffalo Bill
  • Sherwin Cody (1868-1959), American writer and entrepreneur
  • Liza Cody (b. 1944), English crime fiction writer
  • Samuel Franklin Cody (1867-1913), early pioneer of manned flight, most famous for his work on Cody War-Kites that were used in World War I
  • Henry John Cody (1868-1951), Canadian clergyman and President of the University of Toronto from 1932 to 1945 and Chancellor from 1944 to 1947


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  • Cody by Peggy M. Winston.
  • Philip and Martha, Their Sons and Daughters by Aldus Morrill Cody.
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  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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The Cody Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cody Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 21 October 2013 at 16:43.

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